Posted by Ada Coddington

Ohio’s Rep. Davidson argues Congress must not authorize the NDAA until senior military leadership are held accountable and replaced.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief the media on Afghanistan, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Aug. 18, 2021. (DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Julian Kemper)

When I was a captain in the 101st Airborne Division, a mortar platoon sergeant was relieved of duty for endangering the lives of men in his platoon who were training ahead of a deployment. In frustration, he improperly handled a live mortar—kicking it over. Thankfully, the round didn’t go off and there were no casualties or injuries. Still, accountability was swift.

Similar high standards were applied in the Navy when the warship Fitzgerald and the destroyer John S. McCain collided with civilian vessels in the Pacific. Not only were the commanders of each ship relieved, the 7th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, was also relieved.


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